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The One Family Scholars Program: A Direct Path Out of Poverty Towards Economic Independence



What is the One Family Scholars Program?

One Family Scholars is a comprehensive college scholarship program that breaks the cycle of poverty and family homelessness for low-income single parents. The One Family Scholars program values higher education as the surest pathway to family self-sufficiency.

One Family Scholars is a program of One Family, Inc., a not-for-profit organization founded by Paul and Phyllis Fireman and family with a mission to end family homelessness in Massachusetts.

Building Blocks for Success

Unlike traditional scholarship programs that focus solely on tuition assistance, the One Family Scholars model focuses on four building blocks for success: college success, career success, financial success, and leadership success. Our multifaceted approach positions our graduates to secure family-sustaining employment in their field.

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty and Homelessness for Families

The One Family Scholars program positions Scholars for academic, professional, and personal success:

  • Over the last three years, 82 One Family Scholars graduated with their college degrees.
  • Last year, One Family Scholars attended 30 colleges and universities in Massachusetts and earned an average G.P.A. of 3.19.
  • 15 graduates of the One Family Scholars Program have purchased their own homes.
  • One Family Scholar graduates have more than tripled their familiesí income from pre-program earnings.
  • In 2008, 71% of Program graduates were working full-time, earning an average salary of $43,792.

One Family provides college scholarships to 75 low-income and formerly homeless single parents for the 2009-2010 program year. The One Family Scholars program is headquartered in Boston, and One Family works in partnership with colleges, corporations, foundations and community organizations across Massachusetts.

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